Posts tagged "gay marriage"

NJ Court Says State Must Recognize Gay Marriage

A New Jersey judge has ruled that the state must recognize gay marriages now that the federal government does, so that NJ citizens can receive their federal benefits. Presently, LGBT folks in NJ can only have civil unions.  [WNYC, New York Times] The Center for Reproductive Rights, the ACLU,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 27, 2013

New Mexico To Consider Legalizing Marriage Equality

The New Mexico Supreme Court will hold a hearing on October 23 regarding the legalization of same-sex marriage. Woo hoo! [Talking Points Memo] Read MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry's touching letter to Tiana Parker, the seven-year-old Black girl who had to switch elementary schools in Tulsa, Oklahoma, because the dress code…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 9, 2013

It’s OK, The Word “Wife” Isn’t Going To Bite

A woman goes through life with a number of labels that she doesn't have any control over, either by birth or by society's imposition. But one label she should get to choose is whether she wants to be someone's "wife" or not.  This should be a right for all of us. A recent piece o…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 4, 2013

Sandy Rios Of Fox News Thinks That Ariel Castro’s “Love For His Victims” Is Just Like Homosexuality

Sandy Rios is both an American Family Association talk show host and a Fox News contributor, so naturally when she spoke with anti-gay Chicago pastor, Erwin Lutzer, some pretty offensive words were exchanged. The two both oppose same-sex marriage and use the bogus argument that homosexuality is like pedophilia in that even though there i…
By: Mary Odell / August 6, 2013

High School Teacher Ken Bencomo Fired After Marrying A Man

Since Proposition 8 was struck down in the Supreme Court, same-sex marriage is once again legal in California. Unfortunately, just because something is legal doesn't mean that people are suddenly more accepting and open-minded about it. Ken Bencomo of Rancho Cucamonga taught at St. Lucy’s Priory, an all-girls Catholic school in Glendora, California, and wa…
By: Mary Odell / August 3, 2013

Ohio Won’t Let Dying Man Honor The Love Of His Life

John Arthur was diagnosed with terminal Lou Gehrig's Disease, and is currently in hospice care. He's been in a loving 20-year relationship with his boyfriend Jim Obergefell, and just weeks ago, he and Arthur flew to Maryland to be legally wed on the tarmac. Arthur is now so sick that he can't even get u…
By: Julie Gerstein / July 26, 2013

Benedict Cumberbatch Officiates His Friends’ Wedding, Makes Me Love Him Even More

Just when I thought my raging crush on Benedict Cumberbatch couldn't get any more intense, he goes and gets ordained in order to officiate the wedding of his friends Seth and Rob. The happy couple sealed the deal at a gorgeous cliffside hotel in Ibiza, Spain, with Sherlock Khan Reverend Benedict pronouncing them legally married.
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / July 25, 2013

Pip Pip Cheerio! Gay Marriage Now Legal In England And Wales

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill received royal assent this morning, thus legalizing gay marriage in both England and Wales. Royal assent in the United Kingdom takes place after both the House of Lords and the House of Commons have passed a bill. The Queen the…
By: Mary Odell / July 17, 2013

The New Yorker Memorializes DOMA With Controversial Bert And Ernie Cover

This week, the Supreme Court made the historic ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8 are both unconstitutional.  It's an enormous victory for gays and lesbians, their families, and anyone who cares about equality. So how did The New Yorker, arguably the most reputable magazine in the country, memorialize…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 28, 2013

Scenes From The Supreme Courts Ruling On The Defense Of Marriage Act & Prop 8

On Wednesday morning the Supreme Court ruled to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act and California's anti-gay marriage Prop 8. After months of waiting for a decision, gay marriage supporters can breathe a sigh of relief. Photos from around the Supreme Court and in San Francisco's City Hall capture the ebullient mood…
By: Julie Gerstein / June 26, 2013

The Long Road To Marriage Equality in America & What This Week’s Rulings May Mean

After three months of deliberation, the Supreme Court of the United States is due to give rulings on the cases of Windsor v. United States and Hollingsworth v. Perry this Thursday June 27. These two cases mean very different things for the fate of same-sex marriage in America. Windsor v. United States is a case…
By: Mary Odell / June 25, 2013

Lesbian Parents In Texas May Be Forced To Move Apart Because They Can’t Legally Marry

Page Price and Carolyn Compton are a pair of moms living in Texas. They have been together for three years and are raising two children that Compton had with her ex-husband. But the couple may be forced by a court to move apart due to a "morality clause" in Compton's custody agreement with her ex…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 21, 2013

Gay Marriage Is Legal In Minnesota

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill today that legalizes gay marriage, making the state the 12th to do so. Cheering spectators filled the south lawn of the state Capitol for the outdoor ceremony, with rainbow and American flags fluttering in a sweltering breeze. Dayton's signature came one day after the state Senate approved the…
By: Newser / May 15, 2013

Rep. Michele Bachmann Urges “Spiritual Warfare” Against Marriage Equality, Reproductive Rights

Rep. Michele Bachmann is urging Christians to engage in "spiritual warfare" to put their religious values in government, like banning marriage equality and criminalizing abortion. Scary, scary stuff. [Raw Story] In related I'm-moving-to-Canada news, North Carolina's state Senate has advanced a bill that erroneously lists abortion as a cause of premature birth.
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 14, 2013

Minnesota’s Rep. Peggy Scott Says “My Heart Breaks” Over Marriage Equality Win

Minnesota's state House has advanced a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage ... [Feminist.org] ... which has one Minnesota Republican named Rep. Peggy Scott very upset. "My heart breaks for Minnesota," she said. Deal with it. [Raw Story] Microsoft has named Amy Hood as its first-ever female CFO. […
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 10, 2013

Watch This: When Did You Choose To Be Straight?

This video has been around for a few years, but it's making the rounds again and I think it's always worth watching--and thinking about. The premise? An interviewer asks a number of straight people for their thoughts on the whole "Do gay people choose to be gay?" debate, and then follows up with a versio…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / May 9, 2013

Rhode Island Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage!

Rhode Island became the 10th state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage last week! The state House and Senate both approved marriage equality and the governor signed it into law on Thursday. Congratulations, Rhode Island! [Feminist.org, Salon] Today In Irony: the Air Force's chief of Sexual Assault Preventio…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 6, 2013

France Becomes 14th Country To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Merveilleux! Great news out of the land of cheese and wine today -- France has become the 14th country to legalize gay marriage! The decision -- 331-225 was the final tally in the National Assembly -- comes after months of heated debate and public protests. France's justice minister, Christiane Taubira, said the first weddings could be as soon as June.
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 23, 2013

Hey, Conservatives: Even Nancy Reagan Supports Marriage Equality

Former First Lady Nancy Reagen supports marriage equality, according to a new Sirius interview with her daughter Patti Davis. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Religious Right! In the interview, Davis explained her mother does support the legalization of gay marriage but emphasized that Reagan "is not comfortable going out in the public…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 17, 2013

New Zealand Parliament Passes Marriage Equality Law, Breaks Into Song

Today New Zealand became the 14th country (counting France, which will make it official with a final vote next week) to legalize same-sex marriage, and they rang in equality in grand style. Once the vote was announced, the gallery cheered, and then a voice from the balcony started singing the traditional love song, "Pokarekare Ana,"…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 17, 2013
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